How can cloth diapers be reused after your child is potty trained? We use the diaper service quality prefolds. I have more than 8 dozen diapers of various sizes so I need more clever ideas other than "use them as cleaning cloths".
By mutti from IL
If you are an avid sewer, you can use them as an inner lining for making kitchen hot pads, flat pot holders. Also zigzag several diapers together and use it as the lining for fabric place mats.
Look at all the Christmas gifts you can make and all you would need to buy is the decorative fabric.
They make great cold compresses. Dampen them and place in the freezer for a little while. They are also great for cleaning eyeglasses (don't scratch), hot pads, lining for small pet beds, sew a couple together for seat cushions at the ball game (those bleachers can get uncomfortable), stitch two together and stuff with old pantyhose for a camp pillow (easily washable).
If you don't plan on having another child, offer them by the dozen on freecycle.org.
You could consider sewing them into pads/pantyliners for your own personal use. They are very absorbent and with a flannel backing they could be near leakproof.
Be sure and sterilize them first. E. coli, intestinal bacteria, transmission of disease from childhood immunizations, are all considerations. Talk to your pediatrician.
You can bury them in the garden and they will disintegrate and return to the earth as matter. Use them as weed control in and around bushes, plants, trees; instead of the black mulch liners(cover them with dead leaves, pine needles or or a small amount of mulch, or your own mulch from your C-mas trees or lawn waste) this should use up a lot of them. They are organic, do not have to be sterilized for this purpose, just washed.
You could donate them to a women's shelter. They have tight budgets and do a great job of providing a safe place for women and their children.
One idea I just came across is using them as re-usable swiffer dry or wet mops. Maybe you could tie dye them and make into re-usable shopping bags or garden totes? Use your pinking shears to cut into small rectangles or squares to make fabric softener sheets that can be re-used. Clean your windows with them. I like the idea of making giant hot pads for tables to hold large casserole dishes. Maybe you could use them for easy to sew slippers? Good luck. :) Personally I would put a few in a pail with some homemade furniture polish and all purpose cleaners along with the recipes, with a few other goodies for bridal gifts!
Could you dye them and sew together for beach towels or make soft toys from them? I'm not sure what prefolds are.
Marg from England.
I like the idea of donating them to a woman's shelter. What an unselfish, generous act that would be.
Sell them on www.diaperswappers.com.
I dont know how old your children are now but you could cut them in squares and have the children put their hand prints or draw pictures on the squares with paint and then sew the squares together to make a memory blanket for you.You could take some of their old baby clothes and make squares to put between the diaper squares this will give it more color.
Marg, I think "prefold" means these diapers have a double thickness area in the middle. Someone correct me if I'm wrong? Any you don't want can be donated to your local crisis-pregnancy center. Just sterilize them, as someone mentioned.
Those things make awesome rags & dishtowels! And they last forever, I've had some of mine for ten! I have a bunch for dish towels & as they get stained or torn I throw them in the rag box.I use them for everything from dusting,washing walls, cars, kids, cleaning dvds (they are virtually lint free), etc. Throw them in the wash with soap & bleach, throw them away when they finally fall apart.
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